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For the Neuromodulation Team at Oxford University Hospitals, 2016 has had an electrifying start. The team have been performing dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation since 2013 and were one of the first UK centres to perform the procedure.

Dr Jeff Kramer from St Jude Medical talking about the physiology of DRG stimulation
Dr Jeff Kramer from St Jude Medical talking about the physiology of DRG stimulation

The technique is used to treat chronic, intractable pain and involves the placing of a stimulating electrode over the DRG, a small enlargement of the nerve as it enters the spine. This is done with the patient awake via an epidural puncture and the lead is steered into position under X-ray control.

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